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On the Effectiveness of Abstraction Identification in Requirements Engineering

Gacitua, Ricardo and Sawyer, Peter and Gervasi, Vincenzo (2010) On the Effectiveness of Abstraction Identification in Requirements Engineering. In: RE '10: Proceedings of the 2010 18th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 5-14. ISBN 978-1-4244-8022-7

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Abstract

The identification of abstractions, i.e. terms that have a particular significance in a given domain, and such that they can indirectly characterize the most salient features of the document in which they appear, has often been recognized as a useful tool in the analysis of domain descriptions and requirements documents in software development. In this paper we propose a new technique for the identification of single- and multi-word abstractions named Relevance driven abstraction identification (RAI) and a corresponding tool implementation, present an experiment comparing the effectiveness of our technique with human judgement and with a different technique proposed in the literature, and discuss a number of ways in which the abstractions so identified can be used to good profit in requirements engineering.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57602
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2012 13:46
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 01:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57602

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